Fool for Love, Part 2
July 8-9, 605
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Sayuri and Daniel took separate rooms at the cabin.
Daniel wasn’t sure if it was ok to join Sayuri, and he’d just as soon have the space, anyway. The hot tub had been a one-time kind of event; he wasn’t sure if it meant he was welcome in her bed again, invited back in to intimate familiarity.
He’d offered to take Yuki to the falls so Sayuri could have some time to herself that first morning. Sayuri wondered if this was their last family trip, and if so, she felt that she should go along on the hike, but she didn’t know if she was welcome, so she didn’t even ask to go.
What if Daniel really didn’t want to spend time with her? What if he was just biding time to get back to Naomi? She certainly didn’t want to be throwing herself at him.
And she wanted to wait and see what Daniel’s choices were, without giving him an easy way out.
Yuki seemed happy to have time with her dad, and Daniel felt more light-hearted than he had in months.
When they stopped to picnic at the falls, he told her. She’d always be the most important person in the world to him, no matter what happened. Part of him believed that. But part of him, knew, if he didn’t change his ways, he wasn’t really living up to what he was telling his daughter. Or what he was telling himself.
Sayuri sat in the children’s room at the rental. How could it have come to this, she wondered. She’d hoped the vacation would make things better, but she realized now that was a foolish hope.
Now she started to worry about Yuki, and how divorce would impact her.
Needing fresh air, she made herself get up and go outside.
“I’m not giving in to self-pity,” she commanded herself.
She was still sitting on the porch when they returned, laughing and carrying some smooth rocks they found in the pools beneath the rainbow.
Since the morning, he felt a shift.
Daniel started a fire to warm them. Yuki went off to find more river rocks.
He wanted things right with Sayuri. He wanted to have a future with his family.
So uncomfortable. Sayuri poked at the coals idly. Daniel looked down at his fingernails.
Sayuri got up to leave.
Daniel followed her.
He stopped her at the bottom of the basement steps and grabbed her. He pulled her towards him.
She didn’t pull away.
It felt good to let go; forget making sense of anything.
He felt good.
While Yuki played along the rocks near the stream, they went to her bedroom.
When they emerged, they added a log to the fire, enjoying its warmth as the light faded from the sky.
Neither of them knew what would happen when they returned to Simdale Valley. They only knew that tonight, they had each other, and the warmth they shared was all the more precious because it was fleeting.
- I played the Ono’s for nearly a week, because it is so hard to make sense of what’s going on with them. Before they left for vacation, Daniel only had specific whims for Naomi. In fact, when he and Sayuri were in the hot tub, he was wishing he was cloud-watching with Naomi. But he autonomously kissed and hugged his wife and it was practically impossible to get them to argue for long, even after their friendship bar was exhausted.
- Once they had been at the cabin a day, before any romantic interactions, both of them had specific whims for each other, specifically Try for Baby with Daniel/Sayuri! Which makes me think they both see a future together. But Daniel truly is a sanguine personality and whoever he’s with, he seems to be intrigued with. So I am not sure what will happen when they return to town I thought that their marriage was owed the opportunity to have this time together to strengthen their relationship, and see if it will last, but unless he really makes a big change, I don’t see how they are going to make it work.